BCCI not impressed with Shardul for resuming training
Indian pacer Shardul Thakur made headlines on Saturday by becoming the first Indian contracted player to hit the training ground. He started training after the central government in its Lockdown 4.0 guidelines allowed sportspersons to train individually.
At the time of declaration from the sports ministry, it said that the training should be in sports complexes after taking required permissions and following strict precautionary measures. But sadly, Shardul trained on his own despite contracted players needing the board’s permission.
A BCCI official said that it was unfortunate that the Mumbai pacer decided to train without seeking permission from the board said to IANS.
“He isn’t allowed as he is contracted. Sadly, he went on his own. Shouldn’t have done this, not a smart move,” the official rued.
Although, Team Indian skipper Virat Kohli and limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma are both in Mumbai. But all the players have ensured that they stay indoors and have not hit any sports complex even after the government relaxed the overall restrictions.
Shardul is a contracted cricketer of the BCCI and is part of Grade C as per the current contract. Besides he is in a state which has seen one of the most number of coronavirus cases.
Sources in the board further said that while he trained in Palghar district – a non-red zone
“it wasn’t very smart on his part to go ahead and train without taking an approval from the board at a time when the BCCI is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of the players.”
Reports in the media said that Shardul was part of the net session held at the Palghar Dahanu district. The India pacer spoke to the media after the session and said that he didn’t use saliva to shine the ball as he abided by the recommendation of the ICC.